IBS Korea Young Scientist Fellowship Scheme 2021 in Life Sciences

1. IBS Young Scientist Fellowship

With the vision of “Making discoveries for humanity and society,” the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) was founded in 2011 by the Korean government to promote basic science in Korea. To date, IBS has 31 Research Centers and each Center has been yielding outstanding results in various research fields.

The IBS Young Scientist Fellowship started in 2016 to play an active role in fostering the next generation of basic science leaders. We believe this Fellowship offers junior scientists opportunities to conduct independent research by utilizing state-of-the-art infrastructure and to grow on the basis of research collaborations with leading researchers.

We hope that the Fellowship serves as a stepping stone for our researchers to mature into leading researchers in basic science.

2. Eligibility

  • Within seven years of obtaining a Ph.D. (obtained no earlier than 1 January 2014) or under the age of 40 with a Ph.D. (born no earlier than 1 January 1981)
    ※ Ph.D. candidates must be conferred with a Ph.D. degree no later than 31 August 2021.
  • Current IBS researchers are eligible to apply, if they meet the above criteria.

3. Hiring Research Centers

FieldCenterCityNo. of openingsFund
MathematicsMathematical and Computational Sciences
(Pioneer Research Center)
Biomedical Mathematics GroupDaejeon0Up to KRW 150 mil./year
Data Science GroupDaejeon0
Geometry and PhysicsPohang0
Theoretical physicsTheoretical Physics of the UniverseDaejeon0
Theoretical Physics of Complex SystemsDaejeon0
Experimental physicsUnderground PhysicsDaejeon0Up to KRW 300 mil./year(up to KRW 150 mil. for theoretical fields)
Exotic Nuclear StudiesDaejeon0
Axion and Precision Physics ResearchDaejeon0
Artificial Low Dimensional Electronic SystemsPohang0
Quantum NanoscienceSeoul0
Earth sciencesClimate PhysicsBusan0
ChemistryNanoparticle ResearchSeoul0
Multidimensional Carbon MaterialsUlsan0
Life sciencesCognition and SocialityDaejeon0
Genomic IntegrityUlsan0
InterdisciplinaryBiomolecular and Cellular Structure (Pioneer Research Center)Protein Communication GroupDaejeon0
Neuroscience Imaging ResearchSuwon0

※ The final number of openings may change depending on the circumstances of IBS.

4. Benefits and Conditions

  • Full-time work and 100% research participation in principle
    ※ During the Fellowship term, secondment, joint employment and applying for projects funded by sources outside IBS are not allowed for Young Scientist Fellows (YSFs).
  • Annual fund of KRW 150–300 mil. per year (up to KRW 150 mil. for theoretical fields and up to KRW 300 mil. for experimental fields), including salary of KRW 60–70 mil.
  • After physically relocated to one of the IBS Centers, YSFs will conduct independent research by utilizing research facilities and equipment of their Center. YSFs may orgnize a small research group.
    ※ YSFs should prioritize using the advanced research infrastructure of their Center in conducting research. Although they may construct research equipment and facilities within their budget, the construction scale and timing may be adjusted through review.
  • Appointment for three years with a possible two-year extension depending on the performance review results
    ※ When current IBS researchers are selected as a YSF of their Center, support will be offered for up to three years. Please refer to the FAQ for details.
  • Successful candidates must be appointed and commence their research within 2022.
    ※ If their appointment and research commencement are not completed within 2022, their selection may be cancelled.

5. Selection Process (The schedule may change depending on the circumstances of IBS.)

  • First phase: Letter of intent (approx. three pages) acceptance and evaluation
    1. 1. Submission deadline: by 30 June 2021
    2. 2. Review of each letter of intent by the director and the selection and evaluation panel concerned
    3. 3. Invitation to submit full research proposals: by Late July 2021
      ※ Applicants who passed the 1st phase will be requested to submit an approx. 10-page full research proposal, up to three reference letters and presentation materials.
  • Second phase: Full research proposal acceptance and in-depth evaluation
    1. 1. Submission deadline: by Late August 2021
    2. 2. Review of each full proposal and reference letter by the director concerned
    3. 3. Interview (on-site presentation) by the selection and evaluation panel concerned: by Late September 2021
      ※ If candidates reside abroad or have difficulty attending on site, the evaluation will be held via video conference.
  • Third phase: Comprehensive evaluation and notification of the results
    1. 1. Comprehensive evaluation by panel chairs
    2. 2. Final selection and notification of the results: by Late October 2021

6. How to Apply: Apply via the IBS website at http://www.ibs.re.kr/ysf/apply by 30 June 2021 (KST).

7. Inquiries: Talent Acquisition and Development Team at ysf@ibs.re.kr or IBS homepage at https://www.ibs.re.kr/ysf

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